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January 12, 2021
The Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation is Pleased to Announce that Santa’s Magical Drive-Through Christmas Display Raised Over $42,000.00
(Pawtucket, Rhode Island) What began as a love for Christmas, turned into a labor of love for Anthony Gemma and Helen Tartoria (and family) of Exeter, Rhode Island. After seeing the enjoyment their Halloween display brought to passersby, they decided to open their driveway and lawn to spectators to view their Christmas display while accepting donations to the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation. A foundation that is named after Anthony Gemma’s mother, a wife and mother of nine who lost her courageous fight with breast cancer in 2002.
“We are humbled by the outpouring of support from all that visited our display,” said Anthony Gemma. “This was a tribute to my mother who loved to give back during the holidays and enjoyed the Christmas season so much.”
The magical display featured over 120 inflatables with music and lights. This special display ran from the Saturday after Thanksgiving to January 3, 2021 (weather permitting).
“I am very appreciative for Anthony and Helen’s support during these difficult times,” said Maria Corcelli, Executive Director for the foundation. “Covid has put a strain on the foundation’s finances, and this display was a vehicle for so many caring and giving individuals to donate in a safe manner.”
Gemma and Tartoria want to make Santa’s Magical Drive-Through Christmas Display an annual event, and they are already planning for next year’s exhibit with a bigger display and light show.
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